HC Deb 02 February 1977 vol 925 cc547-8
39. Mr. Raphael Tuck

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's present policy towards a federal State in Europe.

Dr. Owen

I would refer my hon. Friend to the speech that my right hon. Friend made in Luxembourg on 12th January, in which he said the debate between federalists and confederalists is now irrelevant and unreal". Copies of the speech are in the Vote Office.

Mr. Tuck

In view of that answer, will my right hon. Friend now reply to a question which I asked my right hon, Friend last week but to which I did not receive a complete answer? It referred to the first speech by Mr. Roy Jenkins as President of the EEC Commission, when he said: Our aims are economic but our end is political". Will my right hon. Friend now publicly disapprove of that and dissociate the Cabinet from it?

Dr. Owen

The President of the Commission speaks in his rôle as President, It is not a matter for the Government.

Mr. Forman

Whatever might be the Government's policy towards a federal State in Europe, can the Foreign Secretary confirm to the House that it is his Department's intention to publish the list of foreign countries referred to in Question No. 12 today?

Dr. Owen

I require notice of that question.